The BCGS Certificate juries took place on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Jury date for 2020 will be announced in the fall. Sign up early to make sure you secure a spot. Registration will open in the fall.
The BCGS Guitar Certificate program is designed to cultivate and promote classical guitar education throughout the state of Maryland, and its neighboring states. Students and performers of all ages and levels of ability can participate. Participants will be evaluated on a set of graded requirements, ranging from levels 1-15. Upon successful completion, students will receive written feedback from professional educators, as well as a certificate for their participation.
Certificate Performance Requirements:
-Two prepared pieces to be selected from Repertoire List. Students may propose alternative repertoire for the level to which they are applying, at the time of application. Here is a list of scales as well.
Student Registration Fee:
Where and When:
Spring of 2020, date to be decided. Visit us in the fall for updated information.
We have selected music from the standard repertory and you should be able to find the required scores wherever you regularly purchase music. In many cases, the required music is already in the public domain and may be found for free on IMSLP. We have also included a link to the music in the Repertoire List when the music is in public domain. Here is a link to the scales.
The Certificate Program is open to guitarists of all ages and abilities! Please see the Repertoire List in order to determine which level is most appropriate for you.
You will receive higher overall marks for music that is memorized, but it is perfectly acceptable to perform with the music.
There is no formal dress code, but it doesn’t hurt to look nice! Remember the way a musician presents themselves contributes a great deal to the overall performance.
Please bring everything you will need in order to perform the repertoire from your level (instrument, footstool, music, etc.)
Each evaluation should last approximately 10 minutes.
No, this is not a public performance. Each student will present their prepared repertoire in front a small and private jury of guitarists selected by the BCGS.
Everyone who successfully participate will receive an official certificate, signed by the President and Artistic Advisor of the BCGS. Additionally, you will receive comments from the jury members with suggestions for how to continue improving your understanding and ability as a guitarist.
Click on this link “Repertoire List” for a list of pieces and their corresponding levels. These pieces are suggestions only; you are welcome to perform any pieces that you like, but you need to contact us beforehand to clarify within which level your pieces will fall. Here is a list of scales.
Please put information on the music you will be performing (full name of the piece and movement if appropriate, the name and dates of the composer) in the box under “Additional Information” on the check-out page when registering. You can also include any other information such as how long you have been playing and who your teacher is, if you wish.
Parking couldn’t be easier, it is right across from the entrance to the Center for the Arts, in lot 8. Just a few steps away. Enter the Arts and Humanities Building (where Linehan Concert Hall is) and go downstairs. The stairs are right in front of you. You will be met by a BCGS person at the bottom of the stairs who will guide you.
Contact us HERE.
Looking for a place for brunch / lunch after the auditions?
Check out these restaurants who are only a few minutes away from UMBC.
829 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD. 21228 410-788-0005
828 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228 (410) 744-1838
712 Fredrick Rd. Catonsville, MD 21228 (410) 788-7878